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“Get Up & Go” – Thanksgiving 2017

Posted on Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

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On Tuesday 11/21, we had a Thanksgiving Celebration among the churches from Lower Township (NJ), where Erma Tabernacle served as host.  I offered the following message which has been re-recorded from evening worship.  The core is the restoration story offered by Jesus to the Ten Lepers of Luke chapter 17, verses 11 through 19 (Luke 17:11-19).  The title is “Get Up & Go.”

Sunday the 26th @ 9:15 am, we will have one more worship celebration before Advent 2017 begins.  “Son Block” will be the title of my message on the 26th drawing from Exodus 34 and 2 Corinthians 3.

Daily Blessings,

Pastor Glenn (gscheyhing@gmail.com)



Stepping In Faith – Week 4 / Day 3 (Wednesday)

Posted on Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

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Week 4 / Day 3 – Wednesday

“Through God’s Eyes”

I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.       (Romans 12: 1 – 2, NASB)

We have spent quite a bit of time/space on how generosity blesses us as individuals.  Today, the initial focus is on the Church Catholic, the Church Universal, the “priesthood of all believers.”  Individual faith communities that strive to thrive will practice over-and-above sharing.  They will not only make sacrifices but also actively seek to make sacrifices so others may know Jesus.  Vibrant and fruitful congregations will be joyous givers because they love God and their neighbor(s).

Faith communities that choose to practice what Bishop Schnase calls “Extravagant Generosity” will openly share about where MONEY fits into the faith-journey of each Christian.  These conversations will be explicit and filled with love mixed with reality.  Talking honestly about the role of $$$ is a key element of giving and living extravagantly – with Jesus at the center.

Here is a direct quote from the devotional guide for this series that points directly to the importance of all that has been noted here:

The notion that giving rightly focuses on our need to give rather than on the church’s need to receive is … a spiritually powerful truth. (emphasis mine)

Now we are back to the individual.  Because God has blessed/is blessing each of us, it is spiritually natural that we will not just want to give but also we NEED to give back to the God of blessings.  The church will be blessed to receive but only as we follow-through on our deep need to give.

Lasting satisfaction does not come through how much stuff we have.  Defining who we are at our core is not discovered through material possessions.  Stuff of this world is temporary.  We, as creations in God’s image, are eternal.  If you say you are a Jesus-follower then you—at some point—will have to listen to the world or to God.

Choosing Now,

Pastor Glenn

 



Stepping In Faith – Week 4 / Day 2 (Tuesday)

Posted on Tuesday November 21st, 2017

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Week 4 / Day 2 – Tuesday

“Teaching the Tithe”

“You must set aside a tithe of your crops – one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.” (God speaking through Moses in Deuteronomy 14: 22, NLT)

How we earn plays a role in what we earn.  We are to work in such a way as to reflect our lifestyles as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Our spending should be wise and life-giving.  When we save—and I hope you are saving—that money should be invested in making our communities stronger.  We who have been saved by God agree that what we have belongs to that same God.  As He gives to each of us generously and extravagantly, we are to return that blessing with our gifts to further Christ’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”

But as I mentioned in yesterday’s devotional, it is hard to jump right into extravagant giving.  For those who are new Christians or have not been practicing “the tithe,” changing quickly into generous givers will be extremely challenging.  If you fall into either of these categories, take it slowly.  It is a step-by-step process as you/me/we grow in our faith step-by-step.  It may take a few years to reach the tithe.  But it is a blessed journey!

Bishop Schnase emphasizes, however, that for those who have been active for decades and are not tithing, there needs to be a serious and prayerful challenge asking why this is so.  We may accept that prayer, worship, fellowship, and witnessing are relevant and beneficial to Christ’s Kingdom.  But then we need to add, “Why isn’t the discipline of tithing?”

Take the next step of faith and strive-to-tithe.  Teach children (and others) to “spend wisely, save consistently, and give generously.”  Being generous in life will change your spirit as it changes others – for Christ’s Kingdom.

For Christ’s Kingdom,

Pastor Glenn

 



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Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017

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Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017

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Posted on Wednesday November 8th, 2017

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Posted on Tuesday November 7th, 2017

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